Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Brewer Signs Law Banning Ethnic Studies

Why do I have a feeling that the battle over Arizona is going to get worse? Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed into law a bill disallowing courses that would denigrate other ethnic groups or those which would promote racial division.

Horne, a Republican running for attorney general, said the program promotes "ethnic chauvinism" and racial resentment toward whites while segregating students by race. He's been trying to restrict it ever since he learned that Hispanic civil rights activist Dolores Huerta told students in 2006 that "Republicans hate Latinos."
District officials said the program doesn't promote resentment, and they believe it would comply with the new law.
The measure doesn't prohibit classes that teach about the history of a particular ethnic group, as long as the course is open to all students and doesn't promote ethnic solidarity or resentment.
I believe that a "white studies" course teaching that other races are hurting the "white race" would be wrong. Thus, it follows that racism via academia should be wrong in all cases. Governor Brewer would be good to explain the law to deflect criticism.

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1 comment:

Harrison said...

Wow let's not teach things to put down other races. I'm sure Democrats can oppose that!